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Senator Warren lags 2020 Democratic hopefuls in fundraising haul

FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to supporters in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht/File Photo

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign raised $6 million in the first quarter of 2019, lagging behind Democratic rivals after swearing off expensive fundraising events, her campaign said on Wednesday.

Warren, who had a full three months to fundraise, trails Senators Bernie Sanders, who raised $18 million in six weeks, and Kamala Harris, who raised $12 million in about two months.

Warren’s campaign in an email sent on Wednesday afternoon to supporters acknowledged that she is behind other well-known Democrats, but argued she enjoys grassroots support.

“We don’t have to match other candidates dollar for dollar, but we do need a strong enough grassroots base to be able to keep Elizabeth’s voice front and center in this race,” Roger Lau, Warren’s campaign manager, said in the email to supporters.

The Massachusetts senator announced in February that she would no longer attend expensive fundraising events like dinners and receptions, which may have contributed to her being outraised by some of her rivals. Candidates traditionally use fundraisers to collect large donation checks.

Her campaign said the average donation was $28.


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